Since my last post Ottawa’s luck initially continued as they faced Curtis McElhinney, scoring twice on him before injury brought Bobrovsky in (who they managed to beat and get the win). That came on the heels of beating Calvin Pickard (of all people), but after those two wins and the postponed game against Toronto, they lost in OT against New Jersey (Mark Stone‘s TOI dropping for whatever reason), and then were unable to score more than once on Scott Darling (with Greening in for Stone and Wiercioch playing the fewest minutes among defensemen). Typical Paul MacLean head-scratching decisions continue to plague the lineup. Ottawa is now 4-2-1 on the season, but their record does not reassure me about where the team is heading.
Amelia L takes a look at the different ways Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone have been used and I agree with her conclusion that one of the main reasons the latter gets more TOI is because of his size.
Binghamton has stumbled out of the gate going 2-3-2 to start the season. Incredibly, Andrew Hammond has started every single game of the season and faced an appalling amount of shots (40 or more in five of the seven games). Chris Wideman leads the team in scoring, while free agent signee Carter Camper has been a dud to start the season (one point and a -5, tied for worst on the team). Jean-Gabriel Pageau is also off to a slow start, while newcomers Alex Guptill and Garrett Thompson have been underwhelming. It’s still early and I expect the team to improve defensively, but it’s a lacklustre start for a talented team. The most disappointing element has to be their defensecorps, which includes a number of veterans who should be doing more.
Evansville has opened its season with two wins, Sens prospect Chris Driedger serving as the back-up in each. Both Jakub Culek and Troy Rutkowski picked up assists in the second game. Incredibly, the team won’t play again until Halloween, which is a remarkably slow start to the season.
Mikael Wikstrand (Frolunda) 13-2-2-4
Has a pair of assists in his last three games
Andreas Englund (Djurgarden) 15-1-2-3
Scored his first career goal over his last four games
Marcus Hogberg (Linkoping) 3.01 .900
His numbers have dropped significantly over his last two appearances
Tobias Lindberg (OHL, Oshawa) 13-7-10-17
Has continued his torrid pace (7-5-6-11 since my previous update)
Francis Perron (QMJHL, Rouyn-Noranda) 13-6-8-14
Just one point over his last four games
Nick Paul (OHL, North Bay) 11-10-4-14
Continuing his red-hot pace (6-7-1-8 since last time)
Vincent Dunn (QMJHL, Rimouski) 16-6-5-11
Six points in his last five games
Ben Harpur (OHL, Guelph) 7-2-5-7
Continuing to put up career numbers
Miles Gendron (BCHL, Penticton) 4-1-1-2
Quentin Shore (U Denver) 2-1-3-4
Robbie Baillargeon (Boston U) 1-1-0-1
Shane Eiserman (U New Hampshire) 3-1-0-1
Kelly Summers (Clarkson) 2-0-0-0
Chris Leblanc (Merrimack) DNP
The team is three games into the season
Tim Boyle (Endicott) DNP
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)